Friday, April 20, 2018

Seasons

So I've noticed on social media there are a lot of complaints about the weather this spring . . . or is it third winter? Anyway, I thought I'd put in my two cents, since that is what a blog is all about and of course the winter of my procrastination is finally ending.

Aren't the seasons amazing. We get to watch the world around us course through the cycle of life.

Spring is a time of rebirth. The flowers bud, pollen fills the air (and my lungs), tulips and daffodils grace us with their cheerful presence, and the sun peeks out once in a while (amidst the rain showers of Portland, OR).

Summer is the glory of youth and the beauty of young adulthood all rolled in one. We have the sunshiny days that make us want to get out into nature and enjoy the beauty all around us. The leaves on the trees are brilliant shades of green that produce the very air we breathe. Life seems better in the summer. Fuller. Happier.

Autumn is my favorite season. The leaves begin to change, but they still wow us with their glorious colors and the air is crisper. I always feel like fall has this golden glow to it that hangs in the very air, like that last bite of pumpkin pie that rests on your tongue long after you've eaten it. Fall is busy, with school starting, the beginning of the holiday season, and the promise of Christmas. It's also the beginning of the end of the cycle.

Winter becomes the death of the natural phenomena. There is
beauty in seeing a world covered in white like a burial shroud. I love to see the sparkles in the snow as the sun glimmers on the frozen fractals. The cold makes us hurry inside to grasp warm cups of cocoa and sit by the fire (or curled up in a heating blanket). Things can seem a bit bleak in the winter (especially when it doesn't seem to want to end, like this year), but there is the beauty and hope in the world as we see the evergreen trees pointing always heavenward. Winter also brings Christmas and the true reason we retain our hope.

The world is a fantastic place and I'm grateful to be a part of it.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Merry Happy December

Let the season of joy and the spirit of giving spread all around.

It's good to remember the reason for the Christmas season and to focus on not just his birth but his life and everything it represents.

I'm so thankful for everything I have, especially the gift and talent of writing that my Heavenly Father has blessed me with.


Merry Christmas!!!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Up For a Little Romance?

I had the opportunity to read another sweet, clean romance by Author Anne-Marie Meyer.

Can a billionaire and a journalist find love in the Alaskan wilderness?

Journalist, Madeline Abernathy, is desperate to finally be taken seriously by her boss. When he calls her in on a Saturday night, she’s hopelessly optimistic that this is her big break. That is, until she finds herself face to face with Liam, the billionaire party boy, who’s been dominating the newsstands all month. Now she finds herself committed to writing a puff piece on him which is the last thing she wanted to do. 

Liam Davenport just wanted to live a quiet life roaming around the world. When his father dies, leaving him CEO of Davenport Outdoors, he is forced to trade in his hiking boots for tailored suits. When criminal activity involving his late father comes to light, his PR director thinks it’s best to hire a journalist to document the good they are doing. Too bad Madeline acts as if she already knows everything about him and refuses to do any research.  

Just when Liam and Madeline determine that they can’t stand each other, a flock of birds take out both engines of Liam’s private plane, forcing him to land in the Alaskan mountains. Stranded, both must decide to either put down their pride and survive together, or keep their prejudices and struggle alone. 

This was a delightful little romance. It's short enough to read in one sitting, and interesting enough to keep your attention. The story is woven full of exciting events that almost make me want to be stuck in the Alaskan wilderness with a handsome billionaire to guide me out.

I liked how the characters both had their personal flaws as well as their prejudices against the other. They each have a negative opinion of reporters and billionaires. It was refreshing to see how the events changed their perspective, but not just the things that occurred but the heartfelt conversations they had.

I do wish we'd learned more about Liam and his personal struggles with his father and his background. We learned a lot about Madeline, but not so much about Liam.

Overall it was a great read that gave my morning a cozy feel. Check it out here.

For more of Anne-Marie Meyer's Clean, Billionaire romances check out her Amazon page.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Yummy snacks from my Book Launch party!!!

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Almond Roca

So simple and delicious, but it can be a little tricky. Please read all of the comments and tips before attempting your first batch! We've been making this recipes for years for the holidays and we love it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted almonds, divided
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 4 bars of chocolate (such as Hershey's Bars)

Directions

1.  Butter a 7x11-inch pan (or 9x12 for slightly thinner roca). Sprinkle 1 cup of toasted almonds on bottom of the pan. 

2  In heavy saucepan at medium-high heat melt butter and add brown sugar. Stir until gently boiling. Reduce heat to medium or medium-low and boil 12 minutes exactly, stirring constantly. *Edited to add* I made mine without a candy thermometer with success, but since some readers have noted having trouble with this recipe- you might wish to stick and instant read thermometer in there just to make sure it's about the right temperature. Pull it off the heat when it has reached the hard-crack stage (300 degrees F)- or when the mixture starts to separate (the oil starts to separate from the sugar). If it gets higher than 320, it will not remain solid.

3. Remove the mixture from heat, give it a good stir to mix up that butter and sugar one more time, and immediately pour hot mixture into pan over almonds. (see *Tips below) Place chocolate bars on top. Let them sit a minute or so until melted, then spread chocolate around carefully. Sprinkle with remaining toasted almonds and gently press them into the chocolate..

4.  Cool completely, and then break apart into chunks with sharp knife. Store in covered container

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Online Launch Party This Weekend!!!

Just one more reminder for the online launch party for Storm Child.
Join us on Facebook from 7-9pm MST for a chance to win some awesome prizes and spend some time chatting with me about Storm Child.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

And the Paperback book is out

Yay!!! The paperback is ready for purchase!!!
You can find it on Amazon!!!

So, so, so very excited for this. Can't believe it. Yay!!!

Online Book Release Party

I'm hosting an online book release party for Storm child
on November 17th from 7-9PM MST on Facebook.

Check out the link to join in the fun. There will be chances to win awesome prizes.

Book Release Party

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Publishing, Blog Tours, and more! Oh my!!!

Well, I've tried to spread it around and I realized that I haven't spread it here. So here goes!!!

Storm Child (Book 1 of the Storm Series) Available October 31st in paperback and e-book on Amazon, and iBooks.

16-year-old Eridale Storm must leave the only home she's ever known and brave the dangers of the unknown wilds to escape capture by Imperial soldiers. The only safe place is with her mother, who abandoned her to lead the freedom movement when Eridale was just a child.
On her journey, Eridale learns that she holds a key role in the confilct between the Empire and the Freedom Fighters. Can Eridale face the heritage that will define the rest of her life and will her choices lead the people back to freedom or shackle them under the imperial throne forever?
Book one of the Storm Child series.

I'm so excited for this book to come out. It's been a long time in coming and it's been a crazy journey to get it out there. I hope my fans will loves this introduction to my YA Dystopia. I'm a writer that dabbles in many genres and this book is a new adventure for all of us.

Right now Storm Child is on a blog tour this week. Check out the link. There are, prizes, giveaways, and great reviews.

Please talk to your local book store after the 31st and see if they can get it in.

I'm also going to be setting up book signings at libraries in the near future stay tuned for more information.

Happy reading and enjoy the adventure!!!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Break by Jolyn Brown

Preston Bensen struggles with the same social anxiety that led his father to walk away years ago. With a younger brother who has Down syndrome, Preston has made it his job to hold together what remains of their family. 

A few weeks after he loses a friend in an accident, Preston's mother announces her decision to remarry. Now Preston must deal with a prying stepdad and three emotional stepsisters. After growing up with six neighbor boys, Preston doesn't know what to do with glitter, pet mice, drama, and nonstop chatter.

The only thing untouched by change seems to be Preston's relationship with Morgan, a girl he met during the summer. But he fears that sharing more of his past will scare her away. Juggling everything at once, he reaches his breaking point. Is Preston going to end up like his father after all?

My review: This book was an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, cried, and got angry with the characters and reactions. It is a book that digs deep and takes hold of you without letting go. Preston's reactions were to real to teenagers as well as his social anxiety. It intrigued me to see how he acted with his friends and how he dealt with the challenges that come from loss, change, and social pressure. I didn't expect the depth of the story, but it dragged me in until I finished the book. Great job!!! Highly recommend, especially for any teens who are dealing with challenges in their lives!!!

I received an ARC for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Memory of Monet by Robin M. King

Robin M. King has done it again with her final in the Remembrandt series, Memory of Monet.

With an eidetic memory that won’t let her forget anything, Alexandra Stewart thought she was born to be a spy. But after her latest mission in Paris and her confrontation with a terrorist, Alex questions her work for The Company, a secret spy organization with headquarters in the basement of Brown University.

When the CIA enlists her help in locating a kidnapped teenage girl, Alex travels to Mexico City and poses as an exchange student at the elite art school where the girl went missing. But Alex can’t stop thinking about the two people she left behind in Rhode Island—her brother, Tanner, who was seriously injured in an accident, and her attractive colleague, James Daly, who would do anything to protect her.

Trying to prove to herself that working as a covert agent can be part of her future, Alex throws her energy into the mission. But scaling buildings, unraveling secrets, and saving lives might be easier than deciphering her own heart. And the enemy she is fighting could be the one person closest to her.

This was a fantastic ending to the series. The book was action packed and kept me up reading until the last page. I couldn't put it down. It is awesome to see how Alex works through her inner turmoil with her job, her relationships, and her family. The drama never ceases as she works with the CIA on a mission that could cost her life. I love that her ideas about romance and relationships aren't instant or purely physical (don't worry, there's plenty of chemistry). Alex really tries to understand her feelings and to make the choice that will make her the happiest. It is intriguing to see how she works through her uncertainties about who she is and her role in the spy world. This is a must read ending to a must read series!!!

Check out the other books in the series.
Robin M. King's Remembrandt series.